China to let Indian experts monitor Brahmaputra in Tibet - The Hindu In addition to the content in the article, readers should note that most of the approval, surveying, and planning work for Brahmaputra dams in Tibet have already been completed. This means that even if the Indian side raises protests based on what they see, they will have minimal recourse unless the issue is raised at a ministerial level, which naturally means that any Chinese yielding on damming the Brahmaputra will have to be accompanied by an Indian quid pro quo. But, as China has not begun actual construction on any of these dams, then stopping or canceling construction will be easy. Ergo, the presence of these monitors actually gives China a cheap source of leverage over India. Finally, if India decides to start raising a hue and cry once dam construction begins, China can simply respond by revoking the monitors' access to in-process dam sites and depriving them of real-time data to make any assertions. A smart move.